A Room with a View: Hakone & Mt. Fuji, Japan

We spent the second leg of our Japan trip in Hakone, a resort town ~1 hour outside of Tokyo, known for its onsen hot springs and views of nearby Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji in the background

Mt. Fuji in the background

Mt. Fuji in the background

Mt. Fuji in the background

Unexpected but wonderful:

  • Transportation:  upon arriving at the train station, all visitors check luggage with a service that transports guests’ bags to their hotels, allowing them to freely ride the many modes of transportation that comprise the Hakone sightseeing loop including: train, cable car funicular, bus, ropeway, and pirate ship (around Ashi lake)
  • Onsen Tamago:  eggs that have been hard-boiled in the volcanic hot springs, yum!
  • Open Air Museum: admittedly, we expected this amazing space to be boring, but it was filled with dynamic, interactive exhibits, including a maze and climbing structures
Ropeway to the pirate ship

Ropeway to the pirate ship

Onsen Tamago

Onsen Tamago

Onsen Tamago

Onsen Tamago

Bus to the volcanic hot springs

Bus to the volcanic hot springs

Open air Museum

Open air Museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open air museum

Open Air museum

Open Air museum

Open Air museum

Open Air museum

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Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

The most memorable part of Hakone was our traditional Japanese guest house (ryokan).  Our ryokan  had amazing onsen  hot springs overlooking Mt. Fuji.  In fact, each traditional Japanese room, with a tatami woven mat floor and traditional futon beds, also had a picture-perfect view of Japan’s highest volcano.  Guests at the ryokan wear traditional yukata robes (cotton kimonos) and are served a traditional kaiseki dinner, consisting of several, small, elaborately displayed dishes including:

Kaiseki Menu

Kaiseki Menu

Our beautiful kaiseki dinner

Our beautiful kaiseki dinner

Our ryokan room

Our ryokan room

Where to stay & eat:  Fujimien Ryokan

Visitor tip:  Buy a Hakone “free-pass” which includes the roundtrip train from Tokyo as well as unlimited access on all of the modes of transportation within Hakone.  Very worthwhile.

 

Me & Ari in yukata robes

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “A Room with a View: Hakone & Mt. Fuji, Japan

  1. Lin

    Hi there,

    I chanced upon your blog on your trip to Hakone. I am very interested in your note regarding the following:

    upon arriving at the train station, all visitors check luggage with a service that transports guests’ bags to their hotels

    Is this a complimentary service provided by your accommodation or it is a paid private service?

    I appreciate if you could provide the information. Thank you.

    • It is a paid service that is available at the train station. If you buy a Hakone Free Pass at the train station, there is a discount. I highly recommend this to drop off your luggage before enjoying the Hakone sights.

      • Anonymous

        I appreciate your reply. If you could remember approximately how much you paid for it, that’d be great. Otherwise, thanks for the post and information which helped in my planning.

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